More than 10 years ago, I was speaking with an African American pastor in New York City, talking about our respective burdens. He said to me, “You’re trying to get prayer back in the schools. I’m trying to get education back in the schools.”
He too was a believer in prayer. He simply wanted to emphasize that, in the world in which he lived where the school system was so broken, there were even more fundamental matters to address. At least in the schools where I was advocating for the option of prayer for the students, the kids were also getting a solid education. Not so in many of the schools in which this pastor worked.
Again, this is not a matter of either-or. It’s a matter of cultural assumptions. My world may be very different from your world.
In my recent article, “A Bipartisan Proposal for Voter Integrity and Photo ID’s,” I referenced the hypocrisy of Major League Baseball in moving the All-Star game from Atlanta because of new voter ID requirements – the very ID requirements that are needed to pick up will-call tickets at an MLB game.
To me (and many other conservative commentators), this was a strong point.